The purpose of this blog is to tell stories.
My story-telling style—call it “annotated meandering”—inspired the blog’s name and is reflected in the look on Louis Sorin’s face as Groucho rambles on nonsensically. Unlike Groucho, however, I do get to the point.
Just bear with me.
I originally intended solely to tell “data-driven” stories, forcing me to summarize the random analyses I conduct for my own entertainment (full disclosure: I am a data geek). That aim still underpins this blog, especially given my lifelong love for American politics.
More and more, however, I tell stories from my own life, particularly my ongoing research into the histories of both my legal and genetic families and the circumstances surrounding my adoption. It is no coincidence I am writing a book with the working title Interrogating Memory: Film Noir and My Search for Identity.
You may also find stories related to…
…my love of film noir and Fox Charlie Chan films
….calls for bipartisanship and mutual respect
…and other random topics
And who am I?
I am a data geek with a BA in political science (Yale), an AM in political science (Harvard), a MA in biostatistics and a PhD in epidemiology (latter two Boston University); you may find my doctoral thesis here. While at Harvard, I wrote four papers using baseball statistics that landed me my first job in a two-decade-long career as a health-related data analyst. In 2017, I declared myself a full-time writer and film noir researcher (based on a comprehensive database of 4,800+ titles). My musical holy trinity is Genesis, Miles Davis and Stan Ridgway. I grew up outside Philadelphia (Go Phillies!), and I live outside Boston. My wife, daughters and golden retriever keep me happy, sane and grounded. Really, what else is there to know?
Please continue to bear with me (and invite others to do the same). I am grateful to everyone who clicks “Like” and comments in a respectful way: it really is possible to disagree without being disagreeable.